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Tarot Cards News, Issue #014 -- The Empress Tarot Card
April 08, 2013

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The Tarot Symbolism and Meanings of the Empress Tarot Card

The Tarot Symbolism and Meanings of the Empress Tarot Card
By Carolyn Naiman

Sitting upon a throne and surrounded by vegetation, the Empress Tarot card is imbued with rich imagery and symbolism that reflects her association to the natural world and mother earth. The Empress is the mother archetype and she is the ultimate nurturer who brings forth life in all things. She is the symbol or creativity, abundance and artistic endeavors.

When the Empress Tarot card appears in a Tarot reading, there typically is a reference to fertility and pregnancy. If a pregnancy is not an area of concern for you than you can expect an onset of creative ideas, endeavors or projects. In Tarot readings, the Empress represents prosperity and the fruition of your efforts. In love Tarot, the Empress is a symbol of commitment and partnership.

Tarot Symbolism of the Number Three

The Empress Tarot card is associated to the number three. Three is the number of creativity and creation which is often connected to the life force. Therefore, threes can represent procreation, fertility, children, childbirth, parenthood, completion, joy and happiness. Threes also can refer to socialization, entertainment and pleasure.

Tarot Symbolism of The Empress' Crown

Upon the seated Empress rests a crown. In Tarot reading, the tarot symbolism of the crown not only represents authority, but also represents the manifestation and expression of one's self. The Empress Tarot card radiates the ultimate expression of femininity and self-acceptance. Her loving nature reminds us of the significance of loving our own selves. She is there to guide us towards the expression of our personal creativity.

The Empress's crown also depicts 12 stars, each standing for a particular planet of the zodiac. During the process of self-development, the soul must experience each attribute that is associated to the twelve different planets. The Empress Tarot card is also associated to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. The correlating astrological sign of the Empress Tarot card is the sign of Taurus. Taurus' have a deep appreciation for all things that are aesthetically pleasing. Taurus is also an earth sign and can refer to productivity, manifestation and security.

Tarot Symbolism of the Shield

Depending on which deck you are working with, the Empress Tarot card often has a shield resting by her feet or throne. In Tarot, the symbolism of the shield can represent many different meanings. In the case of the Empress, the shield refers to her loving, but also protective, mothering instinct. Although the Empress can be a symbol of receptivity and emotion, she can also be protective and defensive as she upholds the very essence of the life force.

Traditionally, the Empress's shield depicts the symbol of Venus. Thus, furthering the impact of the Goddess influence or correlating significance to the Empress Tarot card.

Tarot Symbolism of the Orb and Scepter

When the imagery of scepter and orbs typically refers to authority over a particular domain. In the case of the Empress Tarot card, the tarot symbolism of the orb and scepter refer to the Empress' control over the earthly realm. She is mother earth, herself, and is the mother of all things. She is an expression of the creative power associated with the natural world.

Caroyn Naiman is a professional Tarot Reader and the Webmaster of She has a Masters in Psychology and has been a Tarot advisor since 1998. For a free tarot reading, please visit her website.

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